ANDY’S ALMANAC

    Spring Newsletter  —-   March – April – May

NOTE FROM THE PASTOR

Dear St. Andrews,

The year 2016 proved to be a good year. Financially, we budgeted $125,684 and received $129,514. Our expenditures were $128,629. So we ended up in the black $884. It is wonderful to see the congregation giving to the Lord’s work. We see a continuing high level of participation in the various mission programs. There is growth in the Bible study opportunities and participation is up on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Christian education continues to offer solid children’s worship studies. The music program continues to offer valuable participation in worship through the choir and bells. Our fellowship events have been well attended and great fun. We rejoice in ALL who are participants in the faith community. Thank you!

We are beginning our Lenten series February 12th, “Christ in His Church”. The Scripture readings start February 23rd and go to April 18th, along with a daily Lenten prayer, “No to self-praise prayer”. Let us worship our Lord by taking this Lenten journey together. The Lenten Bible readings and prayer are attached to this Note.

It is always an adventure to serve and live with our Lord. Please make yourself available for the opportunities the Spirit provides.

We grow individually and as a faith community when we individually come together in the Lord to worship, seek, serve and witness. We come together to worship Jesus not because of our goodness, friendships, similarities, agreements, traditions, BUT due to the majesty, grace, glory of God’s redeeming work in Christ Jesus. Christ deserves our worship and the overcoming of all that divides us. He is who makes us one. He is who we worship and serve. One of my favorite verses is John 3:30. John the Baptist provides us with a very insightful, personal piece of wisdom for each of us to activate in our life, “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.” Let us strive to decrease the self-driven desires of our hearts in this day and age, and increase Jesus through our faithful discipleship to Him in His vibrant, excited, dedicates faith community.

Lenten Bible Readings

February

27th   M     Galatians 3:26-29        All are sons of God

28th   TU    Matthew 28:18-20      Great Commission

March

1st   WE    Luke 9:51-55                    Ash Wednesday

2nd TH     John 15:3-5                       Abide in Me

3rd   F        Romans 5:10                   While enemies of God

4th   SA     Colossians 1:21-23         Reconciliation through Jesus

5th   SU     Matthew 5:43-6:4         Love enemies. Give to needy

6th   M     John 14:23-24                  Loving Jesus

7th TU     Matthew 22:37-40          Great Commandment

8th   WE   Matthew 5:4-8               Be perfect

9th   TH    I John 1:5-6                     Walk in the Light not darkness

10th   F     I Corinthians 10:13         Temptation is common

11th SA    I Peter 5:8                          Be sober-minded, be watchful

12th SU   Ephesians 6:10-17            Armor of God

13th M      Colossians 3:1-4    Set your mind on Christ                   

14th TU     Galatians 5:22-26   Works of the flesh and fruit of the Spirit

15th WE    I Peter 5:8-9                    Your adversary the devil prowls

16th TH     James 1:20                      Anger of man                   

17th F        Ephesians 4:26-27         Be angry and do not sin

18th SA     Psalms 69:8-12               Reproach                   

19th SU     John 2:13-22                   Jesus cleanses the Temple

20th M        John 1:19-20                  John the Baptist

21st TU        Colossians 3:8              Put away sin

22nd WE      Colossians 3:2             Think of the godly life                 

23rd TH       Acts 17:11                      Berean Jews receive the Word

24th F          Proverbs 19:27             Ceasing to hear

25th SA       I Thessalonians 2:13    Thank God                 

26th SU       James 1:22-25              A doer of the Word

27th M        II Corinthians 5:20      Ambassadors for Christ                 

28th TU      I Samuel 3:8-10            Call to Samuel                 

29th WE     Mark 1:35                      Jesus’ prayer habit                 

30th TH      Matthew 6:6                Pray in secret                 

31st F         Matthew 6:9-13            Lord’s prayer

April          

1st SA       Acts 2:1-17                      James killed. Peter rescued.

2nd SU      Matthew 6:5-15           Prayer Attitude

3rd M         Philippians 4:6-7        Do not be anxious                 

4th TU        Ephesians 6:18           Praying always in the Spirit

5th WE      John 3:30                     He must increase. I must decrease.

6th TH       II Corinthians 5:14-6:2   New creation                

7th F           Psalm 23:5                        You prepare for us                 

8th SA        Matthew 21:9                  Hosanna to the Son of David

Palm Sunday 9th   Acts 4:1-20    Peter and John before the council

10th M       James 1:22                  Doers of Word, not merely hearers

11th TU      James 2:14-17             Faith without works  

12th WE    I Peter 1:13-16             Be Holy!

Maundy Thursday 13th   John 13:2-8   Jesus washing the feet of the disciples                

14th F         Matthew 7:13-14         The Narrow gate                 

15th SA      Ephesians 3:14-21       Pray the spiritual strength

Easter  16th SU      Ephesians 1:15-23       Thanksgiving and prayer

17th M       I Corinthians 9:24-27   Run to win the prize                

18th TU      Philippians 3:12-14     Press toward goal of Christ

No to Self-Praise Prayer

Dear Lord,

Help me to say “no” to my desire for self-praise;

to not seek approval by others,

to not seek public acclaim,

to not seek self-recognition.

Let me desire to delight God.

Let me seek to serve His glory.

Let me content with the Holy Spirit’s whisper,

“Well done my faithful servant.”

To Christ Be the Glory!

To God Be the Praise!

To the Spirit Be the Thanks!

Amen.

All God’s Blessings,

Pastor Ed